New Year’s Resolution: Velazquez Hopes to Start Exercising Horses in January
Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez, who was injured in a spill Nov. 2, hopes to begin exercising horses in mid-January after receiving clearance from doctors to begin physical therapy.
Velazquez was thrown from his mount, Secret Compass, when the filly fell during the running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Velazquez had to have his spleen removed as a result of his injuries, and was in the hospital for five days. He then spent an additional five days in California before returning to New York.
In an interview with the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday, Velazquez said, “Hopefully, by mid-January I can get on horses in the morning. That’s what I’m hoping. It all depends how [quickly] I get my strength back.”
Read more in the Daily Racing Form